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Reviewed by Alice DiNizo for Readers' Favorite
It is midsummer in northern England in 1312 A.D. and young Thomas has done battle and has regained the castle that is rightfully his. Now he is the Orphan King, Thomas of Magnus. Thomas is avenging the death of his parents that occurred twenty years before, for they were the rightful rulers of Magnus. Allied with the nearby powerful Earl of York, Thomas is troubled by the symbol on the ring worn by the Earl but he needs him at his side as the Scots are advancing on them from the north. Elderly, grey-haired Gervaise counsels Thomas to look out for the Druids and the barbarians from the isle. But battles loom. Thomas tells the Earl of York that "the most important thing in war is to attack the enemy's strategy" (page 71). Thomas manages to defeat the huge Scottish force in a valley by having his forces gathered in a small camp in the valley as well as on the surrounding hillsides. Then there are the Druids, Hawkwood and Katherine who disguises herself as a burn victim when she is hobbling around as an old woman, a herbalist who gives Thomas words of warning. Thomas consults the ancient books of wisdom that he has hidden away, but can he cope in this world where intrigue survives? And is his beloved Isabelle truly dead?
"Fortress of Mist" which is the second book in Sigmund Brouwer's 'Merlin's Immortals' series is a delightful and well-written fantasy. Adults as well as young adults will truly love every word in its two hundred fifteen pages. The main players in this plot are multifaceted and believable characters. The plot is complex as supernatural forces and those of this world combine and Thomas is under attack from both. "Fortress of Mist" and this entire series by Sigmund Brouwer are not to be missed. These books should be on reading lists everywhere.